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Off The Rails

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It's approaching the cusp of one-month-in-to-another which means Auction time in the sleepy Forest of Dean town of Newent. As if the Charity shops weren't burgeoning enough with Tony-attracting goodness, the converted Chapel down Culver Street seemed to house the for sale collection of an avid Ferroequinologist: there was bits of model railways everywhere!

I take the working-from-home opportunity to bid online on such occasions but I forgot to set an alarm on the Auction Rooms website and, consequently, missed a tasty set of Hornby Dublo (in original packaging too); however, I did snag a box of 'clockwork miscellany':

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The sun had come out around lunchtime (Sunday) so I got us in the railway mood by taking Arthur plus Ziggy the Dog down to the old canal / former Daffodil Line remnants:

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I found a great lump of iron on the track bed path though only a tiny fringe was sticking out of the mud (see above); I think it's a fastener of some kind - any one else know?

When we got back, we were enthused enough to have a play with the (above) box of tin things:

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Fshh-te-cuff.


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Whsssssssssssssssh etc.


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Loverly detail, guv'nor.


And here it is in action:

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Playing with yourself for fun AND profit!

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It's December, so:

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is running his annual Snowdonia solo challenge ie. who can score the highest given a specific starting condition.

It runs from Today to the 31st and peeps are encouraged to play, post photos and write up their experiences (good and bad). I like to throw in some prizes too, as it's so rewarding seeing such direct love for my little board game!

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This year the scenario is...NO TRAIN ie. who can score the highest with just two labourers per Round? If you're interested in taking part then here's the place to go:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/200307/item/5798056#i...

Good luck and happy steaming!
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18ELC - Train games just got HARD!

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Follow me as I unbox and, then, try to make sense of my newest train game acquisition!

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(apologies for the orientation; I remain befuddled by modern technology)


"Phew!" is all I can say, frankly; I'm not convinced this 18XX lark is really for me. I'm glad I tried it, though - better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all etc.
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Just What I Always Wanted

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Ever since I was a young lad - ie. about six years ago when I fell head-over-heels in love with trains and railways while working on Snowdonia - I've wanted to have my own proper train set; you know, one that has 20 actual miles of track and hundreds of pieces of rolling stock and wagons and those spongy miniature bushes and a tiny village cricket match going on somewhere? I used to work with a chap in Cheltenham (many years ago) who claimed to have an entire attic space at his parents' house filled from wall to wall with an elaborate network built throughout his childhood; it had trap doors to get to the remote corners and made the lights in the rest of the house dim when he had everything a-trundlin'!

At the weekend, the lucky charm that is Arthur caused the eye-spying of a still-in-shrink copy of Dawn Under for just £5 AND this little, in-its-original-box treasure:

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For a derisory £15, the kindly old lady at the Charity Shop PoS even put it in a sturdy plastic bag for me. I couldn't wait to get this beauty home (the Train Set not the old lady):

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It's ALL there; it may even be 'unplayed with' as a tiny Brake Van detail was still on it's tiny sprue!


It will need a couple of robust 996 batteries to get the engine chuffing; talking of which, let's take a close look:

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A delightful range of shapes to get one started!


And the icing on the cake was the intact Catalogue: a full-colour, appetite-whetting world of possibilities:

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Oh, so much things!


I suppose the next step is to source some MDF or, perhaps, a sturdy table, upon which to build (and store) this first configuration; I'd better leave plenty of room for expansion because, I fear, this shall not be the end of the matter.

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